Dog & Cat Teeth Cleaning in Canton, MI: Healthy Mouths, Happy Pets

Gum disease is the most common clinical condition we see in pets, but it's also entirely preventable with routine dental care. Our animal hospital in Canton adheres to AAHA's dentistry guidelines to offer the most complete dental services including oral exams, teeth cleanings, dental X-rays and more. We recommend daily and professional care so your pet can enjoy a clean mouth and a happier, healthier life.

Talk with our team about your cat and dog's teeth cleaning by calling (734) 844-8844 or using our online form!

Dog and Cat Teeth Cleaning in Canton, MI

Our Dental Protocols and Services

Comprehensive pet dental care involves several steps to ensure optimal health for every patient. We follow AAHA's recommendations to provide the following professional services:

Oral Exams

Pets of all ages need to undergo oral exams during their yearly visits. These exams include checking for retained baby teeth, swelling, plaque and tartar buildup, oral tumors, and gum disease. A cursory exam can be conducted while your pet is fully awake, but a more complete exam should be done while your pet is sedated prior to their teeth cleaning procedure.

Pre-anesthetic exams

Before your pet's professional teeth cleaning, they need to be examined and may also need blood work and X-rays to check their health.

Dental cleanings

General anesthesia is the best way to get the most thorough dental exam and cleaning. This ensures the safest, most thorough cleaning possible to remove plaque and tartar both above and below your pet's gum line.

Scaling and polishing

Similar to human dentistry, we use piezoelectric and hand scaling instruments to remove hard calculus from your pet's teeth. Each tooth is then polished to smooth out scratches and dents in the enamel.

Dental X-rays

We recommend routine digital dental X-rays to fully evaluate your pet's entire mouth. The images will show us if your pet needs tooth extractions or if there is damage to the surrounding bone. Following extractions, we take X-rays to make sure no roots have been left behind.

Gingival flap surgery

To treat gum disease, we will need to temporarily fold the gums back from the teeth in order to access the roots and bone beneath. From there, we will perform any scaling or root planing necessary to clean the affected area and check for further damage.

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Why Your Dog & Cat Needs Home Teeth Cleaning

Your role in your pet's dental care routine is just as, if not more, important than ours. Healthy habits start at home, and we can help by offering enzymatic dental products from our hospital. For optimal health, you should brush your pet's teeth at least once a day. If brushing is not an option, we recommend dental treats, a tartar control diet and dental wipes to remove plaque and bacteria.

Common Gum Disease Symptoms

Serious oral problems can reveal themselves in a variety of physical and behavioral signs, including:

  • Abnormally bad breath
  • Gums that are red, swollen and bleeding
  • Loose, broken, and/or discolored teeth
  • Decreased appetite
  • Trouble eating and chewing
  • No interest in chew toys or tugging games
  • Excessive drooling

If it progresses, gum disease can affect your pet's heart, kidneys and liver.

Please call us at (734) 844-8844 or use our online form if you have questions about cat and dog teeth cleaning or to book an appointment.